At the end of last year, Paula Creamer was ranked 6th in the Rolex Rankings, behind Lorena Ochoa, Ji-Yai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, and Ya Ni Tseng. Over the course of the 2010 season, she dipped as low as 13th in the rankings, including last week after she missed the cut at the Farr. Well, her win at the U.S. Women's Open catapulted her to 7th in this week's rankings, behind Cristie Kerr, Ai Miyazato, Suzann Pettersen, Ji-Yai Shin, Ya Ni Tseng, and Na Yeon Choi.
Here's hoping Creamer's rehabbing runs smoothly over the next year, especially in the next few weeks for the LPGA's European swing. With a week off before the Evian Masters and 2 weeks off after the Women's British Open, plus only 1 tournament in September, the LPGA's diminished schedule may well fit Creamer's recovery schedule to a T. If she can win at Oakmont, I wouldn't put anything past her for the rest of the season: money-list title, Player of the Year, Vare Trophy. Just imagine what a healthier Creamer could do during the season-ending 7-event run in October and November!
Can't wait to see how all the rest of the LPGA's lead pack react to Creamer's resurgence. She took an already exciting season and raised the temperature for the 2nd half of the year!
[Update 1 (7/13/10, 8:45 am): Here's Mike Southern's Rolex Rankings and Rookie of the Year update.]